Torrent is the file format where information of the shared content is stored in the BitTorrent protocol, surely the most used today among those available for peer networks , although there are others such as eDonkey or eMule. Since pioneers like Napster at the beginning of the century, these methods of sharing content have been criminalized by the industry and become synonymous with piracy, but their use as such is as legal as any other, and, for example, they are widely used to distribute open source software like GNU / Linux distributions and others. It is also used in other applications such as VoIP communications.
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The 10 most popular Torrent sites of 2020
There is no specific data on the use of Torrent, but millions of users use it every day if we add all the peer networks, although as we said, the total has fallen after the boom in streaming services and complaints against websites where they advertise, collect, serve or act as a content search engine.
TorrentFreak has compiled the top ten Torrent sites in terms of popularity with data from Alexa, the Amazon subsidiary that provides commercial data and analytics for web traffic. The list has changed little since last year as you will see, the great metasearch engines are still on top and have millions of visits as shown by their ranking in Alexa.
The Pirate Bay
. The pirate ship is still afloat after 16 years and multiple complaints, after suffering substantial downtime in 2018. It also continues to operate from its .org domain, but it remains unclear if it will continue to do so in the future. It climbs from third place in 2018 and is ranked 169th in Alexa.
He is the unofficial successor to the defunct YTS or YIFY group and specializes in movies. It has been the target of three lawsuits in the United States recently and although it signed a damages agreement, the site itself remains online. Maintains last year’s position.
It maintains its place in the top three. Unlike other more specialized search sites, it has a loyal group of users who provide new content on a daily basis.
The site operates from multiple domains and if they were taken into account it would be higher on this list. Created in 2008 it specializes in high quality video content. It maintains the position of last year and in Alexa it occupies 428 position.
The resurrection of the popular anime torrent site remains well placed and has risen one spot since 2018.
A replacement for the original Torrentz.eu site, which closed its doors voluntarily in 2016. The site does not host any torrent files, but is still a popular meta-search engine.
Original TV-torrent distribution group EZTV closed after a hostile takeover in 2015, with new owners claiming ownership of the brand. It has a new domain and has grown two positions since 2018.
It has been online for more than a decade. Like many other entries on this list, it is blocked by ISPs in countries around the world, reducing its global traffic.
. Specializing in game repacks, it is not a traditional torrent site and its content is published in other media, although it also offers its own links and hence is added to the list.
Based in India, it offers content in English and despite the arrests against the alleged administrators, the portal remains online.
As always when we talk about these issues we must make the corresponding legal warnings. Using P2P networks to distribute content is perfectly legal, but sharing copyrighted files on